For Children

Families enjoying Story Time in the Children's Department
Story Time twice a week!
tray of lego pieces on a table
Family Lego Time!
adults and children playing with colorful sheet in hands-on exercise
Fun for Everyone!

Upcoming Events for Children


Peabody Community Movie Night

On Wednesday, November 1 at 6 p.m. Peabody is showing a FREE family movie for Community Movie Night! In November we’re showing Flubber! We will feature a family-friendly movie the first Wednesday of each month. Popcorn is provided.

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Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Peabody Public Library is having a pumpkin decorating contest! This contest is open to ALL AGES, and is a great way for you to show off your creativity.

Bring in your pumpkin starting October 15 in order to join the contest. Entries will be publicly displayed. Voting will begin on Saturday, October 21st and run through Saturday, October 28th. After the contest, you may pick up your pumpkin to display for Halloween! Prizes will be awarded to 3 age categories (Children, Young Adult, and Adult) for: Cutest Pumpkin, Scariest Pumpkin, and Best Overall Design. Pick up an entry form at the library, or download it here.

Contest Guidelines

  • You may use an artificial or real pumpkin
  • NO Carving!
  • One entry per person
  • Nothing too gory or gross
  • Pumpkin must be at the library by closing on Friday, October 20th
  • Be creative! You can use paint, paper, beads, feathers, markers, etc.
  • Do not put your name on your pumpkin, it will be assigned a number
  • Pick up your pumpkin after the contest by November 3rd, or it will be discarded

Picture depicts various pumpkin designs

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Student Library Cards Only $5

It’s time to register for a student borrower card for the 2017-18 school year. Peabody Public Library offers special discounted library cards to students in the WCCS district who are not in our service area to provide access to educational materials needed for school work. More information here.

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Online Resources

Preschool & Elementary Resources With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities,’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+). From Age of Learning, Inc. Free for use in our library.


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AtoZ the USA brings one of the most geographically, culturally, and ethnically diverse countries in the world to life in a beautifully-illustrated resource designed especially for libraries and schools. It contains more than 115 country-based articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. Library patrons and students will find unmatched coverage of the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society. gives parenting and educational ideas for parents of preschoolers. From the DEKKO foundation.



Scholastic BookFlix is an interactive literacy resource that builds a love of reading and learning online. Pairing fictional storybooks with nonfiction eBooks, it reinforces reading skills while developing essential real-world knowledge. Use this link to access BookFlix from home (a valid borrowers card is required).


Explora for Elementary Schools, from Inspire is a student interface designed for use in Kindergarten through grade 5 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more. Available within the state of Indiana.


PBS kids is an online site with educational games linked to PBS Kids television shows, including Arthur, Bob the Builder, Caillou, The Cat in the Hat, Curious George, Cyberchase, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Design Squad, Dinosaur Train, The Electric Company, Fizzy’s Lunch Lab, Martha Speaks, Nature Cat, Odd Squad, Oh Noah!, Peg + Cat, Plum Landing, Ready Jet Go!, SciGirls, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, Super Why!, Thomas and Friends, Wild Kratts, and Word Girl.

Children & Pre-Teen Book Clubs

Note: These book clubs are self-paced and are not on the schedule.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Research indicates that reading every day with your child can help strengthen the relationship between child and parent, as well as create a love of learning that helps children succeed later in school. Peabody Public Library offers this program to children at least 18 months old until they start kindergarten. Contact the Children’s Department to find out how you can enroll your preschooler in the 1000 Book Club.

I Can Read!

This program is designed to motivate children in K – 2nd grade to build their reading skills. As children learn to read, the world around them opens to new vocabulary, interests, and possiblilities. The goal of this program is for the student to read to an adult or by themselves. Any Early Readers books can be read for the program. Each book that the student reads is recorded in a reading log, and completed reading logs are turned in for rewards. We hope this program will foster independent reading as well as a lifelong love of reading.

100 Books Before High School

This program is designed to encourage children from 3rd – 8th grade to increase their reading skills and introduce them to different genres of books. The list of over 150 books is a combination of fiction, historical fiction, classics, non-fiction and popular titles (click here to open the list in PDF format). When students have read 10 books, they can turn in evaluations and receive a book of their choice to keep from our collection of new paperback books. We hope this program will instill a lifelong love of books!

Reading Suggestions – Children & Teens